I'm not sure about white with red markings but it sounds like the semi-urban legend of the Cleaner Wrasse. There are a few colour variations but the ones I've seen are blue with a black stripe. A marine fish that will feed of dead scales, parasites and general unwanted hangers on in the wild. In captivity they can provide a similar service but they don't eat "disease" just certain types of parasite. They can also starve in captivity or start chewing on more than just parasites causing more harm than good.
What format is it recording in? My Panasonic uses AVCHD or MOV files. The MOV files require quicktime and the AVCHD need to be kept in the same folder structure when exported. They can then be played in Windows7 provided your audio/video drivers/hardware are DirectX 9 compliant.
I don't have a camcorder... as such. I do have an old 8mm tape one that I let the kids play with but it was never really good. What I recently did was buy a new compact camera for our impending holiday, the Panasonic TZ7. This has less toys than the new TZ8 or the top end TZ10 but actually has better results on stills and records HD video with image stabilization and stereo sound. I used the video function a lot the other weekend and was very impressed. It really is DVD quality, unfortunately after 78 stills, some with flash and 45 minutes of recording the battery was dead and I'd left the charger at home.
Price: ?199 Good: Small, light, good quality video and audio, relatively cheap, 12x optical zoom, image stabilizer Bad: 15minute limit per recording, limited recording battery life, 12x optical zoom.
My grandmother uses home made beer traps for slugs and snails. I think it's essentially she doesn't finish her beer, tips the dregs in a jam jar and buries that up to its neck next to her favourite plants. The next day she goes round and tips them out.
My pfk newletter arrived just now and in it was an article about the 2010 Festival. Looks like they're finally getting into the swing of things by publishing information online and letting people know when and where!
Planting them before allows them to root and settle in before fish get to pull them about and nibble at the leaves. It also gives you something safe to tend to and look at while you wait the agonizing weeks for the cycle to complete.
I also believe from my personal experience that plants will accelerate the cycling and maturation process of your tank.
codface2010 wrote: Do plants affect water quality? What are the pro's/con's of keeping real plants? Can a good looking aquascape be created using realistic silk or plastic plants?
Yes, plants use ammonia, nitrite and nitrate to grow along with other trace elements. During the day they release oxygen and use carbon dioxide. However this effect is probably minimal and nothing compared to a good surface area and circulation.
You can create a great aquascape with synthetic plants but you should avoid the cheap plastic ones. Plastic can scratch the fish. Also bear in mind that fake plants need to be removed occasionally to be cleaned or replaced.